Wednesday, November 11, 2015

THE GREAT PURSUIT

How can my precious children and grands show their thanks to me---by acknowledging and following my instructions.  We have talked about the long line of passive aggressive genes in my family---my children definitely have a touch of PA when it comes to Mom.  Their inclination is to ignore me when they do not agree---we do not argue--shout--scream--we simply nod our heads and go on our merry way--in the opposite direction from where we have been pointed.  



The little man has become quite trying at times as he enters the twilight days of his twos--and nears the worse than two-three's.  Love this little man---but he is trying me--pushing my buttons with all his gusto.  I give him instructions and he might blow a raspberry my way and LAUGH as he runs off.  It is all a game to him---and his brothers have taught him loads of tricks.  His mom would have had swift justice issued if she had dared sass me in her childhood--but you do know they will put you in jail if you spank your own child in public these days!  Somehow things have gotten out of hand--with him--and with civil authority!  He is not listening or hearing me--much less obeying at this point!




When we fall in love---we desire to know ALL about our loved one--spend every moment possible with them--study and learn their habits--talk with them--whisper sweet nothings in their ears---memorize every detail of their being--know them as well as we know ourselves and perhaps better!  Our thoughts surround them---and we seek to deepen our relationship by spending hours listening to them.  We show our thanks for that love by seeking them out.  As the love grows and matures, our greatest desire is to be with them as much as possible.  With time we know what the other is thinking-can finish their sentence-know all their deep secrets--and we are two who have become one.



Our thankfulness to God can be acknowledged in this same fashion.  By reading, learning, acknowledging, knowing, and obeying His Word---we proclaim our high regard for Who He is---and our love is displayed when pursuing Him.  As we learn who He is and acknowledge our need for Him, we will spend more and more time pursuing this God whom we love.  As this love grows and matures, our greatest desire will be to know His presence at all times.  

Our pursuit of God is directly related to our gratitude---heart felt thankfulness for all He has blessed us with.  When we have the heart knowledge of the depth of His love for us---how can we resist pursuing Him?  And in our pursuit, we acknowledge thanksgiving for Who He is and all He has blessed us with.  Thank Him by Loving Him.


Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”
Jeremiah 9:23-24

8 comments:

  1. the little guy looks positively angelic!

    all 6 of mine will be here for Thanksgiving. let the party begin!!

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    1. What joy, Friend! I assure you he is no angel- but has Lulu's heart!
      Blessings!

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  2. Hi Lulu! I know what you mean about 'threes'. My dad says children are in the 'terrible two's' until they're five. (Great news, right?)
    My three year old granddaughter is definitely a handful at times. As a Nana, I try not to get involved in the drama, I had enough of that when I was a Mom! But it sure does make me think about how I must look to the Lord. I act like a three year old plenty of times, running away from where He's pointing.
    I need to remember that I love Him. So I want to walk with Him, wherever we're headed. I think I'll be working on that for the rest of my life!
    Hang in there my friend. Age six is coming!!
    Hugs,
    Ceil (sympathetic Nana)

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    1. And cling to His hand as we walk, Ceil. The oldest grand is 15, so I know I will survive---but also know it's time to put my foot down!
      Blessings, Friend!

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  3. Let's loog at it from God's perspective for a moment. We often look at things from our perspective, our needs, our wants, our desires. And we want them quickly too. So for a change, let's TRY to look at things from His Divine perspective.

    Don't we always/often act like two or three year-olds when we don't get what we want? How does He feel about that? Does He spank us, or wait calmly and lovingly until we learn to grow up?

    God bless.

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    1. Victor, I deserve a spanking---and as He said--"Spare the rod and spoil the child." I will tell you I do not spank my grands---leave the discipline to their parents. Do you think God chuckles when I put on a good pout?
      Blessings, Friend!

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  4. "I deserve a spanking ... Do you think God chuckles when I put on a good pout?"

    He smiles kindly and responds in His own loving way.

    God bless.

    P.S. You really make ME smile ... often!!!

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  5. loved this!!! It is making me realize that I need to know and taste that the Lord is good and that His mercy endures forever!!! Praying for a deeper understanding and knowledge of the Great I AM and for a heart filled with gratitude. Thanks for a much needed reminder. love you Also, he looks like a little Gabe!!!

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